by Tom Bricker
We had the chance to visit Walt Disney World for Star Wars Weekends last weekend, and it was a great event. It was also incredibly crowded (so crowded, in fact, that Disney’s Hollywood Studios ran out of parking!) and lines were quite long for many Star Wars character photos, celebrities, and seminars. Similarly, people started gathering for the the Star Wars Legends of the Force Motorcade and Hyperspace Hoopla hours before the events took place (we showed up to the stage in front of the Sorcerer’s Hat 45 minutes before Hyperspace Hoopla and had an awful view).
If you’re heading to Star Wars Weekends in 2012 for Star Wars Weekends events, you definitely want to follow a Star Wars Weekends Touring Plan and use Ryan’s Tips for Star Wars Weekends, Parts I and II. Wait times for attractions didn’t seem too bad, at least relative to the crowd density, but experiencing everything Star Wars Weekends has to offer in a single day will be hard to accomplish without a Touring Plan–even if you don’t do a single attraction!
Here are some of my favorite photos that I took during Star Wars Weekends 2012 on May 19, 2012. If you aren’t heading to the event this year hopefully these photos can tide you over until you get a chance to attend. Or, if you are attending, maybe they’ll give you an idea of what to expect and provide inspiration for your own photos!
If you can’t get enough Star Wars Weekends photos, check out my hundreds of other Star Wars Weekends 2012 photos, too. Star Wars Weekends is rife with photo ops, so make sure you take your camera, and get good spots for the parade and Hyperspace Hoopla! It’s the one time of year that I think Disney’s Hollywood Studios is actually more than a one day park, and if you’re visiting during Star Wars Weekends, I’d actually recommend focusing solely on Star Wars activities and saving attractions for another day (or hitting the headliners first thing when the park opens). Even if you’re not a huge Star Wars fan (admittedly, I’m not), you will likely have a lot of fun during Star Wars Weekends!
Have you been to a Star Wars Weekend? Planning on going? Share your thoughts in the comments!